The Bullsbrook bushfire has affected the electricity supply for our customers in the City of Swan and the City of Wanneroo.
Approximately 150 customers are without power with suburbs in or near the bushfire most affected including Bullsbrook, Pinjar and Neerabup.
Western Power crews are currently assessing the damage to the network. At least 80 power poles have been damaged or destroyed by the bushfire, however, this is an early assessment and it is expected that more electricity infrastructure has been impacted.
Some customers may be without power until the area is declared safe and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) grants Western Power access to start rebuilding the electricity network.
Western Power’s Head of Field Operations Brad Lacey said DFES had today provided Western Power crews restricted access to eastern parts of the fire zone to determine the level of damage to the network.
“We won’t know the full extent of the damage until it's safe for our crews to access all fire affected areas, which may be over the next few days,” Mr Lacey said.
“Western Power is now placing crews on standby and developing plans for how we will replace the damaged power poles and other electrical infrastructure so we can restore power to our customers as safely and quickly as possible.
“We will continue to work with DFES in responding to the bushfire and monitor the changing conditions on the ground.”
- If you see fallen powerlines, stay clear and make the safe call to Western Power's emergency line on 13 13 51
- If powerlines fall across your car, stay inside the car until help arrives
- For information on bushfire warnings, please visit the DFES website, www.dfes.wa.gov.au
For more safety tips and information on power interruptions, visit us at www.westernpower.com.au, and follow us on Twitter @westernpowerwa and Facebook on Western Power WA.